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Ex-Officer Involved in Rodney King Beating Charged With DUI

civil rights charges, DUI charges, National, News, Race, rodney king, Rodney King beating, Stacey Koon -

Ex-Officer Involved in Rodney King Beating Charged With DUI

tacey Koon in Valencia, California in April of 1993 (DOUGLAS C. PIZAC / Associated Press)

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A former Los Angeles police sergeant who went to prison for his role in the beating of black motorist Rodney King is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Prosecutors on Thursday confirmed that 67-year-old Stacey Koon faces two misdemeanor counts for allegedly crashing his truck into a parked pickup truck on May 1 in the Castaic area northwest of Los Angeles.

Koon wasn’t hurt. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

Koon and three other LAPD officers were charged with using excessive force for a 1991 videotaped beating of King that made international headlines. Their acquittal on state charges led to rioting in 1992 that claimed dozens of lives.

Koon and Officer Laurence Powell later went to prison on federal civil rights charges. Koon was released in 1995.


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